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Re: [address@hidden: GPL version 4]

From: Ciaran O'Riordan
Subject: Re: [address@hidden: GPL version 4]
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 21:38:37 +0100
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Hi Fred,

The linking restrictions in the GPL are there to prevent people from using
GPL'd software as the basis for a larger, non-free software package.

If this situation was not blocked, free software would be simultaneously
contributing to (without benefiting from) and competing against non-free
software.  That's an impossible battle.

GPLv3 improved licence compatibility - notably by being the first version of
the GPL to be compatible with the Apache licence.

> As the FSF headers allow software to be released under the terms of the
> GPLv2 or higher

The FSF headers allow relicensing to any future version that *they* publish.

> With kind regards,
> Morton Harrow

And give my regards to Mr. Phillips too.

CiarĂ¡n O'Riordan, +32 477 36 44 19,

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